But we are not among those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith for the safekeeping of the soul. – Hebrews 10:39
Those who truly believe in Christ will persevere unto the end of their days (or to the return of our King). On the other hand, some who might claim Jesus from the softness of a warm bed, would deny Him in the furnace of a martyr’s prison. Even still, there are others who might wrestle daily with the struggles of the flesh, but would boldly proclaim the glory of Christ under threat of an executioner’s sword.
How can we know what our response might be? How might we be assured of who we are in the face of the ultimate trial? How strong is our faith and trust in Christ?
Frankly, we simply cannot know what we would do when faced with physical persecution, that is, until we actually face it. Yet, each one of us should be able to answer these questions, “Am I moving forward in faith and obedience to Christ today? Am I more like Jesus this week than I was last week, last month, last year? What must I do in this moment (and the next and the next) to remain obedient to my Lord?”
Persevere in the “moments” and you will ultimately endure to the end.
It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required. – Winston Churchill